Homework #7

For Essay #2 & #3, your works cited page at the end of the paper may include newspaper

articles. You have already learned how to cite films in the homework for Module 4. Today, we

will look at how MLA (Modern Language Association) cites newspaper articles.

Works Cited – Newspaper Articles

In your essays, you are expected to have a ‘Works Cited page at the end of your essay. In this

homework assignment, we will look at the two halves of the citation process, in-text citations

and end-of-essay citations. The way this system works is that a short indication of the source

of the information is provided in the text and then the complete indication is listed on the last

page of the essay so that the reader can find the newspaper article to which you are referring.

In our course, we will use the latest version of the MLA system.

We will look at citations for newspaper articles today. Before we begin, I note that at the top of

your final page, you will write ‘Works Cited’, and then list all of your sources in alphabetic

order as many of you did in Essay #1.

For newspaper articles, we will most often use the headline as the first element in the ‘Works

Cited’ list. Sometimes, we will know the name of the author, in which case that would come

first. Next, we will place the name of the newspaper in italics. Finally, we indicated the date it

appeared in print. If we know the page number, we indicate that. In most cases, you will have

read the article on the internet. If that is the case, indicate the website and the date you read it

on the web. See the example below.

For example:

The director of the soap opera was the well-known playwright Paul Mercier. The Aifric

soap opera had a cast of about 150 actors in the first year of filming (“New Irish

language…” 2006). As concerns the plot, similar to the family in another short film

aired on TG4, Iníon an Fhiaclóra (2000), Aifric’s family moved from the English-

speaking city of Dublin to a western village in Irish-speaking Conamara, County


Clearly there is no way that I could have known that 150 actors were used in the first year of

the series. I must have read that somewhere. I need to cite where I read that. The in-text

citation is composed of the shortened headline, “New Irish language…” which is followed by

the year it appeared in the newspaper. This way anyone interested can turn to the last page of

my paper and see the full citation.

At the end of the essay, the full citation for the ‘Works Cited’ section should be: